Unaka District


January 12, 2012

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with the ones you love the most!! I was very pleased to know that many Cub Scouts were represented in local Christmas parades. Thank you all for your efforts during the busy month of December. I’m sure there were many “good turns” performed by many Cub Scouts benefiting our wonderful communities!!!

Our January district event will be CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 27th, from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., at the Athens YMCA. This will be an evening planned by all packs. If you have not informed me of the activity your Pack will provide that evening, please get in touch with me right away so I can come up with a schedule of all activities. The boys will need to bring their own basketballs clearly labeled with their names (we already know what a popular activity that is!!). They will also need to bring their swimming trunks and a towel, as we will have use of the pool for several hours that night. The price for the event will be $10 per Scout and $5 per adult, which will include use of the Y, pizza and drinks, all activities, and the lock-in segment. Deadline for payment will be Friday, January 20th. Please encourage everyone’s participation in this super fun event--let's hope for a large crowd and lots of great activities for that crowd to participate in!!!

Our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Thursday, February 9th at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be “THE HEART OF SCOUTING”. I am asking each pack’s Cub Scouts to do their usual wonderful job of making place mats, and hope they will try to show off for the adults and Scouts present!! Please encourage your boys to be as creative and colorful as possible with these original pieces of art!! Please don’t forget the theme and try to use it in a Cub Scout way. Everyone looks forward to seeing what our Cubs can come up with!!!!

This is the night of the presentation of the District Award of Merit, the highest award given at the district level. In addition to this prestigious award, this is a night for many leaders to also receive their deserved recognition for various duties and trainings completed. Phil Seibert, our District Training Chairman, must have your information about training awards that have been earned no later than January 15th Please look up the necessary paperwork on our website, (CLICK HERE) complete the form, sign it, and get it to Phil as soon as possible!!!

As a sign of the times, I have emailed invitations out and have added it here as well. Please observe the deadline to turn in your reservation!!!

I need to let you know:

--that there will not be a Roundtable in February; the Leaders’ Banquet will be our gathering for that month. Our next Roundtable will be Thursday, March 8th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Please plan to be there!!! 

--that the Council is starting a new sales program, CAMP CARDS. Each unit will be able to sell Camp Cards for $5.00 each, with the unit making 50% commission on each card sold. The cards will include discounts to places like Burger King, Hardee's, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Walgreens, and Food City. Units must be signed up to sell by February 1st. Sale begins March 1st and ends May 14th. Sounds like an easy way to earn some money for your Packs!!!

--that Boy Scout Night at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Auburn is Saturday, January 28th, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. All tickets will be $8.50 per person, and must be purchased at least 2 days before the game. The game will be played at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Please go to UTTIX.com, click on “VOLS TIX” at the top of the page, then on “group ticket window”, enter the username “scoutball” and password “basketball” and complete your order. Or, you can call Ashley Fincher at 865-974-9659 or Ashley.fincher@utk.edu. Please note that there is a $1.50 processing fee online. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts.

---that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays January 28th and February 4th. in our district. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. Cub Scout Packs may deliver them anywhere in their community that they desire after turning in your can/food count. We'll discuss "territories" for packs and troops again as we did last year. Let's make this one bigger than last year because of the greater need for help this year!

--that there will be a Commissioners’ Training on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. This specialized training costs $12, which includes all materials, lunch and snacks, and will be held at the Council Office. Please pre-register by January 31st through the council office.

--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 5th. Everyone is encouraged to attend the church of his/her choice in uniform, to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Boy Scouting and the 92nd birthday of Cub Scouting in the USA. This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church as a group. Please get with your pastor to help make this an extra special event in your church.. This is also the appropriate time for your pack to schedule your BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET to celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting. You need to schedule and plan for that event soon—and then let Chris know your plans!!!

--that there will be a BALOO / OWLS training on Saturday, February 11th from 8:00am - 4:00pm at Seymour United Methodist Church. Please contact the council if you are interested in attending.

--that this year’s Knoxville Ice Bears Scout Night is set for Friday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. The discounted tickets are $8.00 each; to order your tickets, contact the Knoxville Ice Bears office at 865-525-7825 by 3pm on game day so that they may have your tickets printed and ready for you in time for the game. If you qualified for a free ticket to the game via popcorn sales please mention that at the time of purchase. .Discounted tickets are not available for walk-up sales.

The Knoxville Ice Bears are also excited to offer an opportunity to sleep on the ice to meet requirements for the Polar Bear patch. We have 100 spots for Scouts 3rd grade and up to spend the
night on the Ice Bear’s home ice for the Scout Night Sleepover. Spots are on a first come, first served basis. Scouts staying the night must have a legal guardian or scout leader staying with them.
For more details contact Michael Keeney at 865-525-7825.

--that Boy Scout Day at Dixie Stampede is set for Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the 6:00 p.m. show. Group price tickets (20 or more) are $26.45, which includes their fabulous one-of-a-kind show, a 4 course meal, the tax and gratuity. Normal prices are $42.99 for adults (12 & up) and $22.99 (under 12) plus gratuity. Please contact Denise Miller at 1-800-356-1676, ext. 3121 or denisem@dixiestampede.com at least one week prior to the event, and be sure and mention “Boy Scout Day” for this special pricing. Denise says there is also a 10% discount for the gift shop; souvenir boot mugs are $4.00 at the door--$3.00 in advance.  Please also know that you can have this special group rate at any time if you work through Denise.

--that the Freezoree for Uanka's Boy Scouts is scheduled for the weekend of February 24th – 26th, at the Chickamauga Battlefield. Webelos can attend if invited by a Boy Scout troop and accompanied by the correct adult ratio. Check with your associated troop if interested…… The cost for the Freezoree is $8.00 for Boy Scouts, $5.00 for adults.

--that it's not too early to start thinking about the University of Scouting, which will be held March 3rd , 2012at Crown College in Knoxville, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you register by January 13th, the cost is $15, half-price of the door price. If you register by February 17th, the cost is $20; if by February 29th, it’s $25. This is a very special event, offering training for all levels of adult Scouts--all required training plus lots of "program fun classes" will be presented. Packet and registration forms are on the council web site.

--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 10th, at the Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begins at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., with the derby set to begin around 2:00 p.m. Please try to schedule your pack’s derby before this date to encourage more participation at the district level. Pack 616 is in charge of the derby, so we can all look forward to another very well-organized event!!  Pinewood Derby rules will be the same as last year. Packets will be available at the Roundtable session and on the district web site. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE WORD GETS OUT THAT SCOUTS MUST BE IN CLASS A UNIFORM TO PARTICIPATE--NOT T-SHIRTS! Last year we had a couple of boys show up without uniforms because the leaders didn't get the word out........... and they were unable to participate..............Also, concessions will be available for those wanting food that day………….

--that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 10th on the Tellico River or March 17th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.

--that there are two special events in April!!! One will be our DISTRICT CROSS-OVER CEREMONY for Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts, set for Saturday, April 14th in Calhoun. There will be a short "walk-through" for the LEADERS ONLY (no crossover Scouts) on Saturday April 7th at 2:00 pm. Each pack and troop with boys participating must send a representative (preferably the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster or Webelos Den Leader).

The other event will be our bi-annual SPRING FAMILY CAMPOREE , scheduled for the weekend of April 27th – 29th, and led by Cameron Balaban and Pack 74. Should be another great weekend!!! More details will follow soon……………

-that our May event will be a DISTRICT HIKE, on Saturday, May 12th. Indian Boundary was discussed as a possible site; more details in the future when a pack chooses to lead this event............ we may have a troop host if all details can be worked out………………..

--that our summer Cub Scout camp’s dates are set. Our twilight camp will be June 25th – 29th at the Mayfield Farm & Nursery in Athens with our own Christy Seibert very ably wearing the director’s cap again. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!! The great theme this year is “CSI”!!!

That’s all for now!! Hope to see you at the Lock-In!!!

Connie Akers
Program Chairman


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